Jacksonville Jaguars: Filing needs in most recent CBS Sports mock draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars make a splash with two “sexy” picks in the most recent NFL Draft by CBS Sports football writer Jeff Kerr.
Another mock NFL Draft and another route the Jacksonville Jaguars take in their pursuit of fixing the underlying issues of an underperforming roster the past two seasons.
This time, it’s Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports who takes a swing at predicting how the first round of the NFL Draft will breakdown and where the Jaguars, who have torn apart their roster this offseason only to add a few pieces to the damage that has been done this offseason by trading Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye and Nick Foles and releasing Marcell Dareus.
I have to commend Kerr for taking a swing with unconventional picks, players who could have the Jaguars on both sides of the football.
With the ninth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Alabama.
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Yes, Kerr hits a shot deep and out of TIAA Bank Field into the St. Johns River with his first selection. Arguably the best wide receiver prospect in the Draft gives quarterback Gardner Minshew the best pass-catcher to come out since DeAndre Hopkins in 2013.
"“The Jaguars need interior defensive line and cornerback help more than a wide receiver, but they make the draft go sideways with the selection of Jeudy,” Kerr writes.“Jacksonville has solid wideouts outside of D.J. Chark, but still want to make Gardner Minshew a thing. Jeudy gives Minshew the best chance to succeed as the starter.”"
I appreciate the notion the Jaguars have the ability to shake the selection process with this pick, adding a 6-foot-1, 193-pound dynamo to the offense. Add the play calling from Jay Gruden and a tight end as a weapon in Tyler Eifert and suddenly, the Jacksonville Jaguars could be taken seriously. But maybe not on the defensive side of the ball.
No, wait, Kerr has an answer for that as well with the team’s next first-round selection.
With the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select A.J. Epenesa, defensive end, Iowa.
I can’t say I like the pick, but I can’t say I disagree with it, either. For a team that does not have Campbell back and could (more than likely) lose Yannick Ngakoue in the next couple of weeks – possibly on draft night – this makes more sense than it should.
"“Jacksonville drafts the best player available. The Jaguars could use an edge rusher and Yannick Ngakoue isn’t playing for them anymore,” Kerr adds.“Jordan Love is tempting, but the Jaguars are still hoping for a first-round pick for Ngakoue at this stage. Plus they are convinced Minshew is going to work (at least this year).”"
At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, the pass rusher fills a need, especially if Josh Allen is left to rush the passer all by himself.
I’ll take Epenesa over Love any day. The Jaguars don’t need to start any controversy at the quarterback position after making a clear path for Minshew to be “the man” in Jacksonville.